The experimental work on this tractor dates back to 1914. The inventor was Joe Dain, Sr. There were a few experimental machines put out, each year, until 1918, when 100 were built. These machines were built at a factory located on 10th Street, East Moline, Illinois. This was where the John Deere Harvester Works began its existence. Elmer McCormick, who later was Chief engineer at Waterloo, Iowa, supervised the manufacturing. The Dain tractor project was dropped upon the purchase of the Waterloo Plant.
The Oliver 99 four cylinder tractor was produced from 1938 until 1952. The origin of this tractor began in 1930 when the new Oliver Farm Equipment Co. introduced the 18-27, 18-28 and the 28-44 models of tractors. The 99 has its roots in the 28-44, Oliver's largest tractor of the time.
It is not uncommon to see a large number of “antique tractors” (over thirty years-old) show up at farm equipment auctions this time of year, and this year is no exception. If fact during the past thirty days they have outnumbered the newer models.
Many of the antique tractors sold at auctions during the last thirty days have been reconditioned and are selling for premium dollars. While those in original condition are bringing $500 to $1,000, the reconditioned ones are selling for $10,000 - $20,000 in many instances.
Fall has always been associated with harvest in the farming industry. With harvest comes a whole new set of safety precautions. Many work from dawn to well into the night to get their crops out of the fields. In addition all of the daily chores must continue to be done. Unless you have the luxury of hired help those chores are an additional burden and rest is also a luxury. Many don't think about getting proper rest as a safety precaution, but your judgement is not as keen when you are tired, and you just want to hurry up and get the work done.
Behind every successful workshop lies a valuable junk pile. Everyone has his own ideas of a junk pile and I wish to bring out the positive side of this issue. When I speak of Junk, I am referring only to an iron pile. I do not wish to speak about the city dump yards or a salvage yard, nor do I classify a stack of old washers and dryers as important junk.
Case IH - August 27, 2013
Deere & Company - August 27, 2013
There was a bumper wheat crop in Rice County, Minnesota, during the mid 1880's. One farmer had purchased a new Case traction engine and thresher to harvest the grain. The traction engine with its gigantic flywheel was working well, but the separator would not clean the grain and was consuming far too much power.
It was shocking to see the mountains of garbage being built and landscaped in Chicago as we drove home to Iowa. Do we realize that most of what we buy in the supermarkets is packaging and ends up in these dumpsters? Such was not the scenario of Grandpa's day. Nothing was thrown away, not even the Sears Roebuck Catalog which graced the shelves of out-houses for toilet paper.